Court filings detail jail escapee's year on the lam

In his first days of ill-gotten freedom, Bradley William Monical hid on a patio, fashioned clothes from furniture upholstery and assumed a new identity — all while nursing a broken arm he sustained during his escape from the Jackson County Jail.

Monical jumped from the jail’s rooftop recreation yard Nov. 19, 2012, and spent 51 weeks on the lam before being caught in Oregon City.

Jackson County made details of Monical’s escape public this week in U.S. District Court filings after Monical filed a handwritten lawsuit claiming he was denied access to the jail’s law library, among other civil rights violations.

The county states Monical was allowed access to the law library when requested through proper channels, but refusing him access was within the jail’s rights because materials Monical used in his escape came from the law library — including at least one metal clip from a three-ring binder.

Monical attached the metal clip to a rope harness he made out of bedsheets, which he used to suspend himself from a chain-link mesh ceiling and unraveled the wire to gain access to the rooftop. At least three inmates witnessed the escape, including convicted murderer Bourne Huddleston, police reports show.

From the roof, Monical leapt to a nearby tree, breaking his arm in the process, according to the county.

The jail has since switched the material on the rooftop and cut back the trees near the jail, according to previous news reports.

When he hit the ground, Monical saw an unoccupied police car near the jail, then hid on the porch of a vacant house for several hours, Monical told investigators in 2013.

He found a pair of shoes, among other items, to keep himself warm, made a poncho out of patio furniture cushions, and slowly made his way to the Ruch area, where he spent several months.

Monical hid in the hills and in an abandoned cabin near Ruch, first scavenging the land, and picking mushrooms to sell for money.

By about March, Monical earned the trust of a man who lived in the first block of Upper Applegate Road, who knew Monical only as “Dan Williams.” Monical did odd jobs and stayed in a makeshift room Monical made in the man’s garage. Monical apparently told the man he had child support issues and couldn’t collect public assistance.

In the summer of 2013, Monical spent about six weeks with a woman in Merlin, who also knew Monical as Dan Williams.

“She was in disbelief she had a wanted felon living in her home,” a police report says.

In late October 2013, Carilyn Ann Gibson, described as Monical’s girlfriend, picked him up from the Applegate-Ruch area and drove him to the Portland area, according to police. A deputy U.S. marshal spotted Monical within two weeks, leading police to surround an Oregon City residence where he gave himself up without incident.

Gibson served six months of home detention for harboring a fugitive.

Marshals flew Monical from Portland to Medford.

Monical claims he was placed in solitary confinement for more than 20 months in retaliation for his escape, according to his civil rights suit, filed from Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario.

The county countered that Monical was kept separate after he expressed plans to recruit other inmates in a future escape attempt, and he apparently acted on them in 2015.

The jail returned Monical to the general population Feb. 20, 2015, and within a month he engaged in “perceived escape measures” during recreation time, according to the county.

“On March 17, 2015, after approximately one month in general population, (Monical) was observed in the recreation yard tapping on windows, attempting to peer through the one-way glass and trying to cover a camera with his T-shirt,” the county filing states.

An incident report shows he was moved back into an isolation cell, where he remained until his transfer to the Oregon state prison system Sept. 28, 2015.

Monical is currently housed at the Oregon State Penitentiary, and his earliest release date is April 19, 2076, according to Oregon Department of Corrections records.

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